Yonkers Public Library (YPL) is open all Sundays (12-5 pm).

Find a Moment Friday

Life can be stressful. It’s important that we take a moment to get in tune with ourselves.

Andrea Deierlein of Thrive Reiki has provided guidance on how to practice mindfulness on a daily basis. Below is her description of a simple meditation exercise.

  1. Find a comfortable position. You can either sit or lie down.
  2. Close your eyes or leave them open with a soft gaze.
  3. Pay attention to your breathing. Inhale slowly to the count of five into your belly and
    exhale to the count of six or seven or longer. Repeat 10 times.
  4. When you feel settled, bring your awareness to your body.
  5. Start at the feet. Focus your attention on your toes, then the heels, then the soles. Stay
    in each spot for a few breaths and notice the different sensations you are experiencing.
  6. Then bring your attention to your legs and knees. Notice how they are feeling in a
    non-judgmental way.
  7. Proceed to bring your attention to your abdomen, how it rises and falls with every
    breath that you are taking. Stay there for a while, resting in your center.
  8. Then proceed the same pattern with your torso, your back, neck, face, and head. One
    by one.
  9. Whenever your mind wanders, bring it back to the body part you last remember.
  10. Repeat until you feel calm and centered. Or fall asleep ;-

Please do not judge or analyze what you are feeling. Just notice your body and its presence. Let it be
your anchor. Develop moment-to-moment awareness and over time, hone this skill.

Don’t hesitate to tell me how you like this meditation. I am here to help you be more present and balanced, so that you can be in tune with yourself – and with life.

On Monday, September 13 at 9 am, Andrea will host a Mindful Monday session to help attendees tune into their bodies and get out of their heads. For more information and the ZOOM login link, please click here.

Mindfulness Resources